CONCORD — A former St. Paul’s School student who claimed she was repeatedly raped and sexually harassed dismissed her federal lawsuit against the school, according to court documents.
Lawyers for the Concord prep school never responded in court to the claims of the woman, identified only as “Jane Doe.”
Last May she charged the school with six civil counts and sought at least $450,000 in damages.
The girl’s New Hampshire lawyer, Chuck Douglas of Concord, agreed three times to extend the time for the school’s lawyers to respond while they engaged in settlement discussions.
The suit was voluntarily dismissed at the woman’s request in January.
St. Paul’s officials had no comment on the dismissal nor did lawyers for Jane Doe.
The woman, now 19, had maintained the school let a “hypersexualized culture” exist on campus that forced her to leave school after she’d been accused of stealing the clothing of other coeds.
Unlike many of her former St. Paul’s School peers, who come from wealthy families, Jane Doe’s parents were working-class people, the suit said.
The former St. Paul’s student is biracial with a European father and a mother who is from India.
The suit maintained that St. Paul’s heavily recruited the girl and gave her a full scholarship.
The current cost of attendance is nearly $58,000 a year.
According to the suit, the girl started a romantic relationship in the fall of 2012 with an 18-year-old senior male student identified only as “M.L.” but there were no sexual relations until he forced himself on her.
The suit alleges the male student forced Jane Doe to perform oral sex on him multiple times.
The girl had to receive “extensive psychiatric treatment” after leaving St. Paul’s and finished high school in a “home and hospital program,” the suit stated.